The Miami Dolphins are in the market for an offensive tackle after losing starting left tackle Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams during free agency. Luckily for the Dolphins, this is a great year to be in need of a top tackle in the draft. The bad news for Miami is that the top tackle prospects could be off the board when the Dolphins are on the clock with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The three top tackles — Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson — could be selected in the top ten, with Joeckel and Fisher receiving top five consideration.
Joeckel appears to be a shoe-in for the No. 1 overall pick with the Kansas City Chiefs, so where does that leave the team when it comes to landing Fisher or Johnson? According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins aren’t as high on Johnson as people had imagined, which would make Fisher their most likely target if the team decided to trade up in the draft.
If the Dolphins are looking to trade up, they have plenty of ammunition.
The Dolphins addressed a lot of needs in free agency and they have eleven draft picks to fill out their roster — including five selections in the top 82.
Miami could surely put together an impressive package to jump up to No. 5 or No. 7, where they would likely still have a chance to land Fisher.
If the team decides to stand pat, they will need to decide whether or not Johnson is the guy that they covet enough to make the pick or if they would look in another decision.